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Greenback Cutthroat Makes NY Times Blog

10/01/12 at 06:44 AM by Vince Puzick

Rare Trout Survives in Just One Stream, DNA Reveals


The rare greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado’s state fish, is even more imperiled than scientists thought, a new study suggests. By analyzing DNA sampled from cutthroat trout specimens pickled in ethanol for 150 years, comparing it with the genes of today’s cutthroat populations, and cross-referencing more than 40,000 historic stocking records, researchers in Colorado and Australia have revealed that the fish survives not in five wild populations, but just one.



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